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  • Closing date

    1 June 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    8 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£29,777.00 - £32,076.00 Annually (FTE) Pro Rata for hours and weeks worked

Senior Learning Support Assistant job summary

Job description

Job title:

Senior Learning Support Assistant


Scale H7 Points 19-23

Salary range: £29,777 - £32,076 (FTE)

Pro Rata salary for hours and weeks worked

Hours / weeks:

37 hours / week, term time only plus 5 INSET days

Contract type:


Reports to:


Job purpose
  • To support the education of named student(s) in order to help him / her to overcome barriers to learning and to achieve his / her potential.

  • To contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the Academy.

Main responsibilities
  • To lead on group literacy and numeracy interventions in KS3 and to support the SENCO in the transition of year 7 students.

  • Helping the student(s) to access the content of lessons and to respond to tasks given.

  • Contributing to curriculum differentiation which takes into account student’s needs and difficulties.

  • Helping to promote the development of the student’s literacy and numeracy skills so that he / she can achieve his / her potential in both.

  • Monitoring & developing the student’s attention, listening and concentration skills.

  • Monitoring the student’s social communication and interaction and to implement actions that will promote positive development in these and integration with his peers.

  • Helping the student to develop his verbal comprehension, extend his expressive language and clarity of speech.

  • Promoting the development of the student’s fine and gross motor skills.

  • Promoting and supporting group work and both structured & unstructured activities that will provide opportunities for the student to develop the above skills & to experience & recognise success.

  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of the student’s individual education plan.

  • Monitoring and attend to student’s behavioural and emotional needs and to promote his well being, self-awareness and independence

  • To be a key worker and named contact for the student/s.

  • To liaise with staff in order to ensure that awareness of their needs remains high profile.

  • To contribute to information for staff & reviews in order to inform planning & to ensure up to date information on their progress.

  • Plan, prepare and deliver learning activities with individual pupils, groups, and assess, record and report on pupils' progress.

  • Attend INSET sessions and meetings as necessary and appropriate.

  • To support literacy interventions during form time.

  • To provide support during form time registration for identified class groups.

  • To work with SENCo in putting together access arrangements, evidence and folders.

Teaching & learning
  • Under agreed systems assess students, identify SEND and review students’ progress.

  • To provide guidance to staff on the choice of appropriate teaching and learning methods to meet the needs of different pupils.

  • To meet parents and outside agencies to discuss students’ needs, targets, actions required, and progress made.

  • Contribute to, and lead meetings for students with SEND.

  • To collect and circulate specialist advice to relevant people.

  • To provide guidance to staff relating to policies concerning SEND.

  • To support the writing / updating of Student Passports for students in Years 7 – 13 and provide information to all staff in a timely manner.

Joint management of staff
  • To advise the SENDCo on staffing and resource needs within the SEND team.

  • Jointly leading and managing staff.

  • To observe and appraise LSAs to help them identify their training needs.

  • To conduct annual professional development review meetings with LSA.

  • To follow up meetings as deemed appropriate.

  • Identify training or CPD required to develop the knowledge and skills of the members of the SEND Team.

  • To assist with recruitment and interviewing of new staff.

  • To represent the SEND team at teaching staff, management, and other appropriate meetings.

  • To recognise your own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to lead, advise and support others.

  • To liaise with teaching staff & LSAs to embed the team approach to support students with SEND.

  • To support the achievement of the Academy's objectives by working proactively with colleagues on projects or activities outside the direct area of responsibility, as required.

  • To carry out any other tasks as determined by the SENDCo, as required.

  • To conduct oneself in a professional manner and to display positivity to others.

Other duties
  • To follow the Academy’s ICT policy for the safe use of ICT.

  • To be aware of and assume the appropriate level of responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to report any concerns in accordance with the Academy’s safeguarding policies.

  • To comply with legislation, policies, and procedures relating to confidentiality and data protection, reporting any concerns to the appropriate person.

  • To work in compliance with the Codes of Conduct, Regulations, and policies of the Academy and its commitment to equal opportunities.

  • To comply with the Academy’s Health & Safety policy and statutory requirements as detailed in the Health & Safety at Work manual.

  • To undertake any other duties not detailed above, commensurate with the level of the post.

  • To undertake training and personal development as and when identified by the line manager.

  • Identify any personal CPD to keep knowledge, skills, and qualifications up to date.

  • Generate a culture of celebration, resilience, and praise for students with SEND.

The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present. This role will be reviewed annually as part of the performance appraisal process and the post holder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may from time to time be necessary.

Westfield Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young people. To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Person specification


Essential (or expected to train / qualify to that standard)


Qualifications & training

  • GCSE / CSE (Grade C, or equivalent, in both English & Maths)

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Certificate

  • A-Level in Maths and / or English

  • Educated to degree level

Relevant experience

  • A proven track record of working with students with special educational needs

  • Proven record of facilitating group interventions

  • Working knowledge of processes, procedures and systems within an educational environment

  • Effectively use ICT to support learning, or to undertake training to do so

  • Proven experience using Lexia

  • Proven experience of facilitating a phonics programme

Knowledge, skills & abilities

  • Ability to identify student gaps in numeracy and literacy using data

  • Enjoy working as part of a hardworking, supportive and friendly team

  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise effectively, to meet deadlines

  • Efficient, organised and meticulous

  • Understanding and sensitive to others

  • Keen to develop the role

  • Uses own initiative

  • Knowledge of MIS database & excellent IT skills (Google, internet, etc)

Personal qualities

  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic

  • High professional standards

  • A commitment to high academic standards

  • Good organisational skills

  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team

  • Flexible approach to working

  • A commitment to working to strict deadlines

  • Well developed interpersonal

  • An understanding of safeguarding issues and promoting the welfare of children and young people

Commitment to safeguarding

Westfield Academy and it's Trust Board fully recognise that they have a duty of care to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children. We recognise that all members of the school community, including volunteers and Trustees, will at all times play a full and active part in protecting our students from harm.

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About Westfield Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1319 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Westfield Academy. We are an over-subscribed, high-performing, non-selective Academy. We have been a consistently "Good" OFSTED school since 2012, with our most recent inspection being December 2019. During my time as Headteacher, our students have consistently achieved some of the best exam results in South West Herts.

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